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Poverty in Liberia: Level,Profile, and Determinants

Backiny-Yetna, Prospere and Wodon, Quentin and Mungai, Rose and Tsimpo, Clarence (2012): Poverty in Liberia: Level,Profile, and Determinants. Published in: Poverty and the Policy Response to the Economic Crisis in Liberia, World Bank, Washington, DC (edited by Quentin Wodon) (April 2012): pp. 9-34.

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This chapter was originally drafted in 2007 to inform the diagnostic of Liberia’s first Poverty Reduction Strategy. It is based on an analysis of the Core Welfare Questionnaire Indicator survey implemented in 2007 by Liberia’s Institute of Statistics and Geo-Information Services. The chapter estimates the level of poverty and vulnerability in the country, provides a profile of poverty, and analyzes the household level determinants or correlates of consumption and poverty. Slightly less than two thirds of the population (63.8 percent) is estimated to be poor. If patterns of growth that have been observed recently are maintained, poverty could be significantly reduced by 2015. In terms of the profile and determinants of poverty, as expected, consumption levels and the probability of being poor vary substantially between households according to characteristics such as geographic location, the education and employment of the household head or spouse, and household size.

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